HC Deb 31 January 1974 vol 868 c159W
Dame Joan Vickers

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will set up a committee to investigate the problem of battered babies and to make recommendations on the lines of the Houghton Committee in regard to adoption.

Sir K. Joseph

No. While I am grateful to my hon. Friend for her suggestion, I do not think this would be appropriate at present. We are tackling the problem as a matter of urgency in collaboration with professional bodies and others directly concerned with its management.